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Bùi Kim-Anh | MAY SUNDAY 2021 (9)

Bùi Kim Anh, the Vietnamese poet born 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high school in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association . Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives on Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Kim-Anh Bui, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

SUNDAY MAY 2021

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the days locked up in the public garden

the shrubs and trees silent

void of people the empty footpaths yearning

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the small dog perched watching

I’m inside looking out at the outside

each day just like that passed by

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I’m old so be told

time has turned its back on me

but by me always is poetry

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May 2021

CHỦ NHẬT 30/5

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công viên những ngày khoá lại 

cỏ cây im lìm như ngủ 

lối không người qua nhìn thèm

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con chó nhỏ nằm trên sân nhỏ nhìn ra 

ta ngồi trong nhà nhìn ra 

mỗi ngày như thế trôi qua

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ta đã là người già 

thời gian ngoảnh mặt với ta 

chỉ có thơ mãi ở lại

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#bka21

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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